Cincinnati Museum Center reopening: Special events include return of holiday train display

After more a 2½-year restoration to preserve historic Union Terminal, the Cincinnati Museum Center is celebrating the completion of the project with a week of special events leading up to the public opening on Nov. 17.

Events include:

• The building will be illuminated with a different story every night from dusk to 10 p.m. in 15-minute looping sequences from Sunday through Nov. 18.

• A Veterans Day Celebration Sunday continues Union Terminal’s long history of serving those who served. The celebration begins at 1 p.m. with a flyover of vintage airplanes from the Cincinnati Warbirds (weather permitting) and a veterans honors ceremony featuring the 338 United States Reserve Command Band Woodwind Group. Panel discussions featuring veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan will give guests an opportunity to hear their stories of courage and sacrifice. The day will also include free Rotunda tours led by Cincinnati Heritage Programs.

• The Duke Energy Holiday Trains exhibit will open Nov. 17. Back for its 72nd year, the historic trains are part of Holiday Junction Featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains in a new gallery, giving guests a bird’s-eye view of the historic trains and a whimsical take on our region’s skyline. Holiday Junction is an interactive winter wonderland where you can build your own snowman beneath the northern lights, track your footprints in the snow and climb aboard a riding train. In addition to the Duke Energy Holiday Trains, Holiday Junction also features historic trains dating as far back as 1903 – the Carlisle and Finch layout, one of the earliest electric toy train sets. Plus, CMC’s holiday experience includes over 2,000 square feet of custom-built LEGO buildings and scenes, including iconic Cincinnati landmarks like Union Terminal, the Roebling Bridge and Music Hall. Santa’s grand arrival is Nov. 23.

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